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  •  While it's quite true that mass shootings at... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...a tiny fraction of the total, they are NOT down 30% in the past 30 years. Based on four or more victims per incident, the graph charts incidents catalogued by the FBI since 1980:

    Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

    by Meteor Blades on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 02:17:53 PM PST

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    •  You are misreading me. I did not say the total (1+ / 0-)
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      number of mass shooting incidents was down 30% in the last 3 decades. I said the rate per 100,000 population is down 30%. I'm quite familiar with that particular chart.

      Total incidents have hovered steady at ~20 per year. In that time, the US population has increased 35% (from 232 million in 1982 to 314 million in 2012). This translates into a decline in per 100,000 population incidents of about 28%.

      Non enim propter gloriam, diuicias aut honores pugnamus set propter libertatem solummodo quam Nemo bonus nisi simul cum vita amittit. -Declaration of Arbroath

      by Robobagpiper on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 02:29:16 PM PST

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